Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake
Portrait of Francis Drake, legendary explorer.
Gender Male
Born 1540
Tavistock, Devon, England
Died 27 January, 1596
Portobelo, Colón, Panama
Nationality English
Status Deceased
Appearances Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 27 January, 1596) was a legendary English explorer, perhaps best known for his naval battles against the Spanish and his feat of sailing around the world.

Within the Uncharted series, Drake is the supposed ancestor of the series' main character Nathan "Nate" Drake, and Nate's adventures are often drawn from Drake's works.


[edit] Biography

Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon in 1540. He began sailing at an early age, and after several profitable voyages to exotic locations such as the West Indies, he began receiving assignments from Queen Elizabeth I. On an expedition to the Spanish colonies on the American Pacific cost, Drake renamed his ship the Golden Hind.[1]

His expedition to the Spanish colonies was unsuccessful, but it was around this time that Drake sailed around the world. Upon his return to England, he was knighted by Elizabeth. After many more voyages and expeditions, Drake was made a vice-admiral in the English's battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588. Drake died of dysentery on 28 January, 1596 off the coast of Panama, and his body was put to rest in a coffin buried at sea.[1]

[edit] Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

In July 2006,[2] Drake's coffin is recovered off the coast of Panama by treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake and journalist Elena Fisher. Nate believes himself to be a descendant of Drake, believing that Drake faked his death and actually had children.[3]

Drake in Drake's Fortune.

Drake is not in the coffin; only his journal. From the journal, Nate gathers that Drake was on the trail of the lost city of gold, El Dorado. Competing against rival treasure-hunters and archaeologists, Nate makes his way to the island said to hold El Dorado. There, Nate and Elena discover that El Dorado is actually not a lost city of gold, but rather a large golden statue. Nate and Elena also come across message left by Drake discussing the horrors of El Dorado, before finding his skeletal remains in the treasure vault.[3]

As Nate and Elena unravel the mystery surrounding El Dorado, they discover that it holds a virus that mutates anyone who comes in contact with it. These mutated people are the Descendants, and it is these Descendants that killed Drake many years ago.[3]

Ultimately, Drake's wish that the horrors of El Dorado are never revealed is fulfilled, as Nate is able to defeat Atoq Navarro (who wishes to use the virus as a biological weapon) and push the statue of El Dorado into the sea.[3]

[edit] Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Four years later, Nate attempts to find the lost city Iram of the Pillars using clues from the works of Drake and another explorer, T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"). While searching for the city, Nate contends with Katherine Marlowe, the head of a secret society dating back 400 years to the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Marlowe is trying to prove that Drake never found the city; this proves accurate, as Nate and his companions are able to do something Drake could not: find Iram.[4]

However, messages left by Drake seem to suggest that Iram is a place of evil and it shouldn't be revealed to the rest of the world. Again, Drake's wish is fulfilled, as Iram crumbles after Nate and his companions battle Marlowe in the city, ultimately defeating Marlowe and her forces.[4]

[edit] Appearances

Drake in Uncharted 3.

[edit] Behind the scenes

Within the Uncharted series, Sir Francis Drake is first seen in the 2007 video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune as a set of skeletal remains. Heavy references to Drake return in the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and in the multiplayer component of the game he is available for use as a Hero skin when the Stylish Jewellery Treasure Set is completed. In Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer, Drake's customisation is limited, as the only clothing items available for him are his default items; which are: Explorer's Vest (torso) and Rag Covered Bones (legs).

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sir Francis Drake (c.1540 - c.1596)" on BBC History
  2. Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2009). Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Sony Computer Entertainment.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2007). Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Sony Computer Entertainment.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2011). Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Sony Computer Entertainment.

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